Thursday, May 21, 2015

Peru to Provide Free Solar Power to its 2 Million Poorest Citizens

by , 07/23/13
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The country of Peru is looking to provide free electricity to over 2 million of its poorest citizens by harvesting energy from the sun. Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino said that the National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program will provide electricity to poor households through the installation of photovoltaic panels.

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The first part of the program aims to provide solar systems to 500,000 extremely poor households in areas that lack even basic access to the power grid. Unsurprisingly, it is a massive opportunity for domestic solar installers, and Merino has said that bidding for the contract will open later this year to fix the rest of the panels.
The project was first started in Contumaza, a province in the northeastern region of Cajamarca, where 1,601 solar panels were installed. The energy minister has said that when the project is finished, the scheme will allow 95% of Peru to have access to electricity by the end of 2016.
Speaking to the Latin America Herald Tribune, Merino said: “This program is aimed at the poorest people, those who lack access to electric lighting and still use oil lamps, spending their own resources to pay for fuels that harm their health.”
If Peru can do this for its people, it makes you wonder why more prosperous countries can’t do the same.
via CleanTechnica/Planet Save

Image: Julia Manzerovablperk



1 comment:

  1. It works for Peru since they can provide just a few square feet of PV, a car battery, and a few LED lights which provides all the power needed for minimal lighting, charging a cell phone, even a laptop maybe. It's also a fairly stable country where blatant widespread theft is unlikely to strip the poor of their PV systems for use / sale by gangs. R Higgins RoughDesigns.com

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